Most Savannah restaurants wind things down early, closing their kitchens around 9 or 10 p.m. Fortunately, for those who want to grab some grub after hours, there are a number of establishments that stay open well into the witching hour.
One of the best spots for late-night dining is Betty Bombers, a retro eatery located in the American Legion Post 135 building just off Forsyth Park, where you can feast on burgers, fries, wings and more.
If pizza is your poison, then head over to Sweet Melissa’s, just steps away from popular nightlife hub City Market. The no-frills eatery is open until 4 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and serves pizza by the slice, along with whole pies, hot dogs and barbecue.
Several reputable pubs keep their kitchens open late, including Kevin Barry’s, an Irish pub on River Street, and Churchill’s Restaurant & Pub, a British establishment on nearby Bay Street.
Those craving something a little different will be pleased to find that several cuisine-specific restaurants are open late, among them Sushi Zen (Japanese), a.lure (Low Country) and Zunzi’s 2 (international). There’s even a restaurant dedicated to the art of the potato, Spudnik, which greets diners as late as 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
And when all the other restaurants close, head to The Diner on Abercorn, a Midtown restaurant that’s open 24 hours a day. Whether you’re craving a Philly cheesesteak, spanakopita or a giant slice of chocolate cake, you can satisfy your craving, even if everyone else is fast asleep.
You don't have to compromise atmosphere just because you're craving shrimp and grits. A.lure, an eatery near City Market in the Historic District, offers the best of both worlds: outstanding cuisine that puts an interesting spin on Low Country classics and a sophisticated, upscale interior that blends historic and modern elements. The restaurant's eclectic menu, which incorporates locally and regionally sourced ingredients, takes standard favorites and turns them upside down. The Low Country Boil, a one-pot dish that traditionally includes boiled shrimp and sausage, becomes a fancy Southern feast thanks to the addition of a crab cake, fingerling potatoes, collards, sweet corn souffl� and an Old Bay hollandaise sauce. The chocolate sweet potato mousse, topped with toasted marshmallow fluff, spicy candied pecans and chocolate-dipped bacon, may just be the most innovative Southern dessert in town. ((912) 233-2111)
B&D Burgers - Congress Street
This popular, locally owned burger joint, with additional locations on Broughton Street in the Historic District and Abercorn Street on the Southside, boasts an incredible outdoor patio with ample seating and a gigantic projection screen that shows all the big games. The patio is a big draw for those looking for late-night fun and always draws a big crowd. The restaurant's interior features two levels with a fully stocked bar on each floor. B&D's extensive menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hotdogs and an unbelievable selection of burgers. In addition to several creative choices, the restaurant also has a make-your-own-burger menu with 30 ingredients. ((912) 238-8315)
Spudnik, located on the west end of Broughton Street in Savannah's Historic District, is a small eatery dedicated to the art of the potato. The restaurant offers russet potatoes and sweet potatoes topped with a variety of unique ingredients. Creative choices include the Osaka, a sweet potato loaded with miso compound butter, soy sauce, bamboo shoots, sesame seeds and sriracha sauce, and The Athenian, a russet potato topped with feta cheese, roasted red pepper hummus, olive oil, black olives and capers. Diners can also design their own potatoes using any available toppings. Though the potatoes are the standout feature at Spudnik, the restaurant's cool floor made entirely of pennies deserves special mention. (912-232-1986)
Churchill's Pub & Restaurant
Fans of British pubs will love Churchill's. Not only are the furnishings and décor the real deal (the hand-carved mahogany bar was crafted in England and shipped to Savannah), but the owners are too--British transplants who have successfully created an authentic pub atmosphere in the Deep South. Like most British pubs, Churchill's is known for its impressive selection of beer, which includes imported draught and bottled beer from Europe and the U.S. Non-beer drinkers will find that Churchill's has a nice assortment of single malt scotches, along with an array of wine and cocktails. Churchill's restaurant serves traditional British pub fare, including favorites such as fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and bangers and mash. Patrons can enjoy their food and libations at the bar, in the restaurant area or on the popular rooftop terrace. (912-232-8501)
Kevin Barry's Irish Pub
Unmistakably Irish, this terrific pub feels right at home in its historic building on Savannah's famed River Street. Beneath beamed ceilings and amid brick walls, art and memorabilia, patrons treat themselves to cigars, single malt scotches, and great beers. The pub even has Guinness and Harp on tap, perfectly setting the authentic tone. Those looking for a bite to eat will find a menu full of traditional bar fare and Irish favorites such as shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish beef stew. Sit upstairs to view ships going by and to catch sight of passers-by on River Street. To keep the authenticity going, Kevin Barry's presents live Irish music nightly at 8 p.m. for just a $2 cover charge. (912-233-9626)
The Diner On Abercorn
This classic diner, centrally located on Abercorn Street in Midtown Savannah, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The large breakfast menu, which is available all day, features pancakes, eggs, buttermilk biscuits, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, grits and other traditional items, plus more unique choices like fried catfish and eggs and grilled quail and eggs. The extensive lunch and dinner menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Greek specialties include gyros, souvlaki and spanikopita. Specials are always available, with past choices including lasagna, crab cakes and popcorn shrimp. The Diner on Abercorn also boasts mouthwatering cakes, a treat any time but especially during the witching hour when all other nearby restaurants are closed. ((912) 356-5877)
Sushi Zen Downtown
One of Savannah's original sushi restaurants, Sushi Zen has been a favorite among locals since it opened its doors in 1999. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard location, which opened in 2009, features three floors with both regular tables and traditional floor seating. The eatery's lunch menu features Japanese staples such as ramen noodle soup and donburi rice bowls; however, despite the restaurant's name, sushi is not available on the menu. If you're willing to wait a few hours until dinnertime, it's worth checking out the sushi, which includes nigiri, traditional rolls such as California rolls and spicy tuna rolls, and unique choices like the Green Mussel Roll with spicy fried green mussels, scallions and masago. The dinner menu also includes several appetizers, teriyaki, tempura and noodles dishes. ((912) 233-1187)
Conveniently located just steps from City Market on the corner of Whitaker and Congress streets, Sweet Melissa's is a favorite among locals who want some grub after hitting the area bars. The unassuming eatery features hot dogs and barbecue, but Sweet Melissa's go-to item is pizza, which is available whole and by the slice. Return customers are especially fond of the seasoned crust, and many loyal patrons proclaim it the best pizza they've ever had. The restaurant also serves as an event space for bands passing through town. Sweet Melissa's is open for dinner and late-night bites Tuesday through Saturday but only open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan accordingly. (912-341-0093)
Located inside the American Legion Post 135 building just off Forsyth Park, this retro eatery features freshly prepared American cuisine. Appetizers include chili, fresh tortilla chips with salsa or queso, fried mushrooms and wings. Betty Bomber's burgers come with a variety of toppings and are served with French fries, apple cider slaw, or chips and salsa. Several sandwiches are available, including hot pastrami, Salisbury steak, barbecue pulled pork and a crispy cod BLT. Betty Bomber's also features salads, tacos, and entrees such as chicken fried chicken and spicy buffalo chicken. The restaurant shares space with the American Legion bar, which boasts some of the cheapest prices in all of Downtown Savannah and draws an eclectic crowd. ((912) 272-9326)
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